Literacy in Rap
Our in-person residency, “Literacy in Rap,” is a recurring session for in-school, after-school, and community-based settings. In-person school residency sessions are typically scheduled three days a week in one-hour blocks for eight weeks. The residency schedule can be customized per partner needs, and short workshops are available.
We teach participants that reading, writing, public speaking, and poetic language skills are another part of the foundation for the Hip Hop performance. Through classroom participation, students in the emceeing sessions learn writing, structure, bar counts, call/response, rhyming, and freestyling/pattern exercises. Our program is tailored to address the true origins of Hip Hop (pop culture has often spun Hip Hop into a male-dominated, misogynistic artistic venue that values drugs, gangs, and self-gratification). “Literacy in Rap” stresses positive and conscious expression and does not allow harmful or disrespectful content.